I don’t read tabloids and I don’t watch TV news, but I’m interested in how much our so-called freedom of speech is limited. So I’ve read an article about an apparent innuendo by somebody who I learned is the wife of the current Speaker about somebody who is apparently a Tory peer.
The ruling didn’t surprise me. But as this was the first time that I’ve read about the related case, I was a bit surprised to see myself described by the plaintiff’s barrister as a “moron in a hurry” or an “anchorite in a sealed cave”.
Still, I believe that real freedom of speech includes freedom to offend, so I won’t sue Mr Garnier for his offensive remark.